I recently started putting together a project that I have wanted to do since June, care packages to our graduated student leaders! This was largely inspired by the Sticky Faith concept that we should continue our ministry into our student’s freshman year of college. We thought that a great way to show our continued support of them would be to send them some college essentials for them to keep going as they come in close to the end of their first semester. We wanted to send make sure we sent them some useful things, some “study break” things, and some random things. On our list:
- 1 Cup ‘O Noodles
- 1 Cheesy/Terrible Movie (from the $1 bin at Wal-Mart)
- A pack of Scantrons
- A Blue Book
- $5 Starbucks Card
- Homemade Cookies
- The One Minute Bible (because it can be hard to fit quiet times into a busy schedule)
- Themed playing cards (Lord of the Rings, Disney, etc.)
On top of all of that, we are also giving them a handful of encouraging notes written by our Student Leadership Team. I believe that these cards are the real star of the whole package. Those encouragements are where the majority of the ministering is happening. Your first year of college can be crazy! You’re not just figuring out how college works academically, but socially as well. For many of them, this is the first time that they have lived on their own, thus beginning a huge self-discovery phase of their life. It is my hope that these cards will remind them that there is a community back home that loves them and is praying for them.
Care packages aren’t something that we have done before, but we believe that these will make a huge impact on our graduated students!
What is your ministry doing to minister to your newly graduated students? Take a moment today to pray for those students as they continue their transition into college!